Global Telematics is a research and consulting firm that approaches opportunities and problems in individual, organizational, and community performance with deep technology understanding and a policy perspective. 
Our viewpoint expressed in our consulting services encompasses both information and communications technology (ICT or telematics) as well as transportation (physical movement).

We do analysis, design, planning, presentations, and training for businesses large and small, think tanks, government agencies, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, regional planning organizations, non-profit civic associations, and many others.     Click here for a summary of our services.

We have been in continuous operation under the name "Global Telematics" since 1986.  Jump to what's new.


We are operating productively with clients worldwide until further notice from a safe, remote location during the 2020 pandemic.

Reach Global Telematics by email or telephone at your convenience.

Personal face-to-face contact with Global Telematics staff is not available during the pandemic emergency.

Email: action@globaltelematics.com

1-206-781-4475 in North America

other contact information

A different "Global Telematics" with whom we have no relationship is a vehicle tracking service in South Africa.  See http://www.globaltelematics.co.za/ 

Click here to go to PITF, Puget Sound Public Interest Transportation Forum

Our activities:

Telecommunications is much more than a highway, and transportation provides far more than communications.
--- John S. Niles, President

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What's New


Intelligent Transportation Systems

  • Global Telematics works on fixing traffic congestion in urban locations. We participate in the Regional Traffic Operations Committee of Puget Sound Regional Council, and we have recently worked with Siemens ITS in Tukwila, Washington on regional signal synchronization.

  • John Niles wrote a summary short essay on Fighting Traffic Congestion with Traffic Operations Management (T-Ops) for The Seattle Times.

  • Telecommuting, Intelligent Transportation, and other aspects of how telecom affects transportation are covered in the Discovery Institute Inquiry report, "Technology & Transportation: The Dynamic Relationship," September 2001 by John Niles.  Download in PDF here.

  • Global Telematics was project manager for the King County Council's Tunnel Team looking at the performance implications of the policy choice between Bus Rapid Transit and Light Rail in the unique Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel.

  • Flexible instant ridesharing, as first presented at the 1992 Annual Meeting of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.   A new approach to public transportation. Other web links have been added since.

Reconsidering Transit-Oriented Development

Telecommunications and Travel Behavior

Telecommuting and Telework

Regional Economic Development and Digital Infrastructure

Telephone: 1-206-781-4475
Email: action@bettertransport.info 

Office: Closed March 2020 to ??? during the 2020-21 pandemic!

In normal times: 4005 20th Avenue West, Suite 111 
Seattle, Washington 98199-1290 USA 


Last modified, December 18, 2020